Attorney General Bill Barr was slammed on Wednesday for holding a press conference on special Robert Mueller’s report — before anyone had received the document or had time to read its 400 pages.
Here is what some people were saying about Barr’s scheduling:
Just been informed by DOJ that we’ll receive Mueller’s report only after Barr gives a press conference.# p #4_62 # ad skipped = true #
Once again, Barr wants to shape the public’s perception of the report.# p #5_62 # ad skipped = true #
This is on top of reports DOJ secretly briefed the White House.# p #6_62 # ad skipped = true #
This is not justice. Just PR.# p #7_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 17, 2019# p #8_62 # ad skipped = true #
Sorry but this is not a press conference – it’s an opportunity for Barr to put a spin on the ball or defend himself. No one can ask real questions here. https://t.co/dNTLk95iPX# p #9_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 17, 2019# p #10_62 # ad skipped = true #
a press conference about a product no one will have seen? what is this, the film industry? https://t.co/maNiICNsFI# p #11_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 17, 2019# p #12_62 # ad skipped = true #
What if Democrats just schedule a hearing with #mueller as the witness for 9:30 am tomorrow?# p #13_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Kurt Bardella (@kurtbardella) April 17, 2019# p #14_62 # ad skipped = true #
I am certain you are familiar with the subpoena process. Perhaps you should make use of it.# p #15_62 # ad skipped = true #
— ℙ𝕚𝕟𝕜𝕚𝕖 𝕃𝕖𝕊𝕥𝕣𝕒𝕟𝕘𝕖 💋🦎🦎💋 (@Pinkie525) April 17, 2019# p #16_62 # ad skipped = true #
There is absolutely no reason for Barr to be holding a press conference to take questions on a report no one has yet had a chance to read and digest. This is stupid.# p #17_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) April 17, 2019# p #18_62 # ad skipped = true #
Purpose of this presser seems to be not to let reporters ask informed questions but rather to get TV footage of Barr saying things Trump will like that can play all day https://t.co/hUpRz41Ppm# p #19_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Andrew Prokop (@awprokop) April 17, 2019# p #20_62 # ad skipped = true #
Oh man. Barr is holding a press conference tomorrow at 9:30 and then not releasing the actual report until HOURS later.# p #21_62 # ad skipped = true #
This is a political hatchet job. https://t.co/TTFT9YPZG8# p #22_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) April 17, 2019# p #23_62 # ad skipped = true #
Robert Mueller or members of his prosecutorial team will NOT be in attendance at the Barr press conference tomorrow, according to the spokesperson for Mueller’s office. @kpolantz# p #24_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) April 17, 2019# p #25_62 # ad skipped = true #
William Barr is holding his post-game press conference before the game starts. What an embarrassment. https://t.co/Xg13ZY96jD# p #26_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) April 17, 2019# p #27_62 # ad skipped = true #
all media must boycott this. this is just so wrong.# p #28_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Ezme Webb-Hines (@EzWebb) April 17, 2019# p #29_62 # ad skipped = true #
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— Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) April 17, 2019# p #31_62 # ad skipped = true #
I can’t think of any reason Barr needs to hold a press conference to discuss a report Mueller wrote. He needs to get out of the way. https://t.co/gJbazzL8sO# p #32_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) April 17, 2019# p #33_62 # ad skipped = true #
Newsflash: no one wants to hear from Barr. Show us the full report. You should never have been confirmed and at best should be recused. We don’t need a statement from the President’s legal team. We want the full #MuellerReport# p #34_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) April 17, 2019# p #35_62 # ad skipped = true #
House Judiciary chair slams AG Barr for not releasing Mueller report until hours after his press conference https://t.co/SKb3hlBdb3# p #36_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) April 17, 2019# p #37_62 # ad skipped = true #
Can't ask meaningful questions at a press conference about a report you have not seen or read. https://t.co/4U3ahbYiyy# p #38_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Kristine Phillips (@kristinegWP) April 17, 2019# p #39_62 # ad skipped = true #
Per @RepJerryNadler , Barr tomorrow is planning to:# p #40_62 # ad skipped = true #
— hold his own press conference about Mueller,# p #41_62 # ad skipped = true #
— without Mueller there,# p #42_62 # ad skipped = true #
— well before anyone will be allowed access to even Barr's redacted version of Mueller's findings.# p #43_62 # ad skipped = true #
Why?# p #44_62 # ad skipped = true #
Where's Mueller?https://t.co/SjjGHUe5to# p #45_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) April 17, 2019# p #46_62 # ad skipped = true #
There is literally no plausible explanation for the gap between the so-called “press conference” & report release other than trying to control the narrative. https://t.co/ezVtBqwOrm# p #47_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Mimi Rocah (@Mimirocah1) April 17, 2019# p #48_62 # ad skipped = true #
Dear #MSM,# p #49_62 # ad skipped = true #
PLEASE do not propagate the false narrative Barr will be presenting tomorrow morning. We're counting on you to do better.# p #50_62 # ad skipped = true #
A grateful nation https://t.co/Sfg9VUVpKH# p #51_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Adrienne Kirschner (@AdaKirschner) April 17, 2019# p #52_62 # ad skipped = true #
There is absolutely no reason for Barr to be holding a press conference to take questions on a report no one has yet had a chance to read and digest. This is stupid.# p #53_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) April 17, 2019# p #54_62 # ad skipped = true #
you mean… in the annals of gaslighting, corruption, and fascist behavior.# p #55_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Jodi Jacobson (@jljacobson) April 17, 2019# p #56_62 # ad skipped = true #
It’s gonna be to announce a second special counsel… watch.# p #57_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Amber Watson Tardiff (@AmberWTardiff) April 17, 2019# p #58_62 # ad skipped = true #
Do something about it! You are the most powerful congressman right now. https://t.co/EiZ1AMMpJh# p #59_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) April 17, 2019# p #60_62 # ad skipped = true #
I suppose we all knew it would end this way… pic.twitter.com/HUxe5SczCo# p #61_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) April 17, 2019# p #62_62 # ad skipped = true #
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In Angry Letter McCarthy Warns Thompson J6 Docs ‘Do Not Belong to You’ – After Defending Trump Taking Classified Info
House Minority Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy in an angry letter to Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) warned the Chairman of the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack that his role will end on January 3 and it is “imperative that all information collected be preserved.” The California Republican congressman had a dramatically different position on Donald Trump‘s unlawful retention of well over ten thousand items from the White House, including at least 300 documents with classified markings, including some classified at the highest levels.
McCarthy, who is running to be Speaker of the House but is facing strong opposition from some of the GOP caucus, nevertheless is acting as if he will wield the gavel.
His letter, angry and accusatory in tone, also strongly suggests Republicans will hold their own hearings on the January 6 attack on the Capitol and on democracy, but with a vastly different focus.
“The American people chose Republicans to lead the 118th Congress,” McCarthy’s letter begins. “On January 3, 2023, your work as Chairman of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol will come to an end,” McCarthy told Thompson in his letter, which was reported on by CBS News.
“For those reasons, I remind you and your staff on the Committee to preserve all records collected and transcripts of testimony taken during your investigation in accordance with House Rule VII. As the Chairman, regardless of who may be directing the work of the Committee, you are responsible for the work done by its members and staff.”
Some have suggested that Thompson could transfer some or all of the Committee’s work product – all transcripts and other evidence – to the Senate.
McCarthy continued with his angry attack.
“It is clear based on recent news reports that even your own members and staff of the Committee have no visibility into the totality of the investigation. Some reports suggest that entire swaths of findings will be left out of the Committee’s final report. You have spent a year and a half and millions of taxpayers’ dollars conducting this investigation.”
House Republicans, including McCarthy, spent million dollars on six Benghazi investigations, the last one of which McCarthy admitted was designed to harm former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations.
“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping,” McCarthy bragged in 2015.
Unlike his defense of ex-president Donald Trump unlawfully removing and retaining at Mar-a-Lago approximately 13,000 items belonging to the National Archives from the White House, McCarthy warned Thompson the Committee’s work does not belong to the Chairman.
“It is imperative that all information collected be preserved not just for institutional prerogatives but for transparency to the American people,” McCarthy wrote. “The official Congressional Records do not belong to you or any member, but to the American people, and they are owed all of the information you gathered – not merely the information that comports with your political agenda.”
That’s actually false.
The Committee has undoubtedly uncovered government secrets, including national security information, classified information, and information, for example, the Secret Service needs to keep secret to allow it to continue to secure its protectees. It also has entered into agreements with witnesses that prevent it from releasing those documents, transcripts, and other evidence to the public.
Politico’s senior legal affairs reporter Kyle Cheney says, “Kevin McCarthy’s letter demanding that the Jan. 6 committee preserve its records is mostly nonsense because the committee is planning to release all but a few of its transcripts.”
McCarthy continued, warning: “Although your Committee’s public hearings did not focus on why the Capitol complex was not secure on January 6, 2021, the Republican majority in the 118th Congress will hold hearings that do so.”
He then served up what some might say is a threat.
“The American people have a right to know that the allegations you have made are supported by the facts and to be able to view the transcripts with an eye toward encouraged enforcement of 18 USC 1001.”
18 U.S. Code § 1001 is the federal statute that makes it a crime to knowingly make false statements.
McCarthy had a very different take when the U.S. Dept. of Justice executed a legal search warrant of Donald Trump’s Florida residence and resort, Mar-a-Lago, to retrieve government-owned materials, including classified documents.
“Joe Biden and the politicized Dept. of Justice launched a raid on the home of his top political rival, Donald Trump,” McCarthy said on Sept. 1. “That is an assault on democracy.”
“Joe Biden and the politicized Department of Justice launched a raid on the home of his top political rival, Donald Trump. That is an assault on democracy.”
— House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, before Biden gives remarks in Philadelphia, attacks the lawful Mar-a-Lago search pic.twitter.com/qDwPSzrYs8
— The Recount (@therecount) September 1, 2022
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Trump Allies So Shaken by His White Supremacist Dinner a Top Campaign Aide Will Now ‘Be Present With Him at All Times’
Top allies of Donald Trump were so disturbed by his decision to have dinner with white supremacist Nick Fuentes last week that the ex-president and 2024 GOP candidate will now have a handler with him around the clock.
The Associated Press also reports the campaign has also changed the protocols for visitors and will start to vet guests who come to see Trump, after the few procedures in place allowed antisemite Kanye West to bring along three guests.
“In an acknowledgment of the severity of the backlash and an effort to prevent a repeat, Trump’s campaign is putting new protocols in place to ensure that those who meet with him are approved and fully vetted, according to people familiar with the plans who requested anonymity to share internal strategy,” the AP adds, revealing the campaign apparently does not trust the 76-year old ex-president to make decisions about who he should or should not spend time with.
“The changes will include expediting a system, borrowed from Trump’s White House, in which a senior campaign official will be present with him at all times, according to one of the people,” the AP adds, revealing what appears to be a previously unknown fact.
The lax security at Mar-a-Lago was in place when Trump was storing 300 documents with various classified markings, including documents with top secret information and a set with the highest level of classification.
In yet another stunning revelation the AP reports that the antisemitic Holocaust “denier” and white supremacist Fuentes “arrived by car with Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, and was waved into the club by security, even though only Ye had been on the security list, according to one of the people present and others briefed on the events.”
The AP also reports that “Fuentes apparently did not show his ID and the car’s driver, a frequent guest at the club, got in using a credit card after misplacing her license.”
The report does not mention the other two guests Trump dined with, reportedly far right wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, who has supported adult men having sex with young teens, and Karen Trump 2016 aide Karen Giorno, who was reportedly involved in a pay-for-pardon scheme.
Five Engines of Secret Service Rental Vehicles for the President’s Thanksgiving Break Catch Fire
The Nantucket Current reported that five of the vehicles rented by the U.S. Secret Service caught fire at the local airport during President Joe Biden’s Thanksgiving break. Biden’s family has met in Nantucket for Thanksgiving for decades but this is the first time a cache of vehicles looked like their engines exploded.
The report identified that the five vehicles were all different types, a Chevy Suburban, Ford Explorer, Infiniti QX80, Ford Expedition and Jeep Gladiator. The Ford Expedition did have a recall on it for the connections to the battery, indicating that fires have been caused by the problem. The car had not been taken in for repairs, sources told the Current. It’s unclear if that single car caused the fire or if each of the cars simultaneously caught fire.
The front of the white Ford Expedition and the one across from it looks to be considerably more damaged than the other cars.
“At approximately 5:22 am Airport shift staff observed an active fire in the rental car overflow area through the Airport’s Closed Circuit Television System,” the airport said in a statement. “Staff activated the Alert system and responded to the fire in Airport-3, where they were met by responding units from Nantucket Fire Department and Nantucket Police Department. Combined fire resources responded and contained the fire. Several vehicles were damaged. The Airport is currently coordinating with rental car agencies and agency partners to ensure scene safety. There is no longer an active fire at this time: the Airport is open, and aeronautical operations are not affected.”
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